Washington AG Sues the “New” Landmark Technology over Allegedly Predatory Practices Targeting Small Businesses

May 28, 2021

Last week, RPX reported that Washington Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, had filed a lawsuit against Landmark Technology A, LLC (Landmark·A) asserting that the NPE is in violation of his state’s Patent Troll Protection Act (PTPA)—a law prohibiting bad faith assertions of patent infringement. According to Ferguson’s complaint—reportedly the first to seek enforcement of the act—Landmark·A has sent more than 1,800 demand letters in recent years to myriad companies, such as bakeries, florists, restaurants, pharmacies, hardware stores, jewelers, and bookstores, demanding $65K to license, under the threat of litigation, a patent “related to loan processing and credit reporting”. With infringement allegations primarily targeting customer log-in pages on company websites, argues Ferguson’s complaint, “any business with a web presence is a potential target” for Landmark·A.

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